Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Xmas

Merry Xmas everyone! Hope you had a good 'un!

Goodbye, untill next time...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Bish Bash Bosh

Well its nearly Xmas and I've been practising for what I do best over the festive season...eating. Theres been a plethora of food recently, mainly because Steves been around and he is an amazing cook. I don't really enjoying cooking personally, if I can make it in 5 minutes its great! This has resorted in some bizarre dishes steve refuses to eat (Quorn, garlic and mayo anyone?! No...?!) anyway, heres the lush roast he made on sunday...it was so good! Steve had chicken but I didn't, he made red cabbage and cauliflower cheese too, Mmmmm....

Tasty Morning chocolate croissant with Rose tea :-)

Bit dark here, but we have a variable smorgers board of vegetarian delights; humous, babaganoush, olives, salad, balsamic oil, artichokes and tasty bread, had this with some mulled wine for lunch yesterday at a pub in Firle! Was so good I didn't eat dinner till about 10pm!

Beautiful Panettone! Took a gamble and bought one from Waitrose this year. This is what I will mostly be getting my way through this Xmas! I hate hate hate xmas cake, pudding and mince pies (bleurghhhh) so this is my saviour through the holidays!

Last Weekend at Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery too...

Goodbye, untill next time!

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Gal Stern...again!

As I write this I am gazing out of the window at a sea of angry rain and wind. I'm meant to be opening the gallery today but the weather is so bad I don't think its going to clear. Horrible cold winter is in full force, and my mind has turned to tights as it so frequently does this time of year! So I have been procrastinating by enjoying some online window shopping! I don't actually wear trousers, ever, don't really find them comfortable and being tall means you have to go on a bit of a mission to find a pair that fits, unless you want your shoes to look like they've had an argument with your socks! So I have a massive collection of tights instead.
I love unusual tights, and I love anything cool & handmade, and Gal Sterns hand screen printed designs are awesome. I have several pairs of hers and I heart them. She's got a new collection and I want them all! Sigh...

I'm also a bit obsessed by everything at Laste, a shoe boutique in Brighton that also sells awesome hosiery by Antipast, Falke and a local company called Funn. Just discovered their online shop and love it all!

Not loving the fact I have to go out in torrential weather and walk the hound though, one of the more negative aspects about owning a dog! 

Goodbye, untill next time.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Ship Shape

Had a bit of a revelation, as artists usually do, late last night whilst Christmas shopping. My sister wanted a particular necklace which on closer inspection I thought, I could do that with wire and save myself a pretty pocket. I was inspired by the street artists who write people's names in wire, so thought I'd give it a go and it turned out awesome! But then this got me thinking about writing in wire and drawing with wire on sea glass, as you can obviously draw anything with a line.  I find it interesting as its much harder than it looks, your almost bending the wire in advance of what you want it to do, I'm more used to using tension techniques when wrapping...

I've been a bit addicted to writing words in wire today and have successfully managed "Ahoy" "Ship Shape" and "Captain" so far. Even Steve seems mildly impressed. Mildly. I like them so hope to do a few more and create a range in the New Year, the ones above are all brooches at the moment...

Goodbye, untill next time...

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Blues Necklace

Listing this item in the shop later, a wire wrapped 17 stone sea glass necklace, made with sterling silver wire. Its quite chunky so great for people who like to make a statement!!! Its got a fabulous range of blue sea glass in it, the centre piece is a chunky deep deep aqua, almost turquoise, and it is surrounded by light and dark aquas, sea green and unusual teals.

 Took Bean for a lovely walk down to Hove Lagoon earlier, it was such a nice day, sun shining, not icy cold, Bean found a ball, all is good...
 Here's Bean barking at me on the beach because I am not throwing his ball. He actually looks quite angry. He is obsessed with balls, finds them everywhere. Or steals them off other dogs as he seems to think every ball in the world is his! This situation usually concludes when I prize the wet, sodden, disgusting ball from the Beans mouth (this does not happen easily, you can even pick him up right off the ground and he's still holding on).

Oh, and FYI, the spider survived his wine glass prison and was successfully released, back into the wild where he should stay and never ever return.  Theres a massive Hardback Collins French Dictionary with his name on it if he does...

Goodbye, untill next time...

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Bling Rings

Been making more rings and brooches since most of these sold last week in Lewes!

These are all for sale at The Brighton Fishing Quarter Exhibition (see www.makersboutique.co.uk) for more info!

Its been really cold at the gallery so I bought these fabulous orange lace and grey wool wristwarmers by an artist called Anna Brixner, due to my new big phat ring being too big to be accommodated in traditional gloves! I heart them! Been wearing them with a fantastic leather and suede jacket I found on a bench outside the gallery, I love finding stuff, the best things in life are free!!!
Very excited that a Cafe Nero has opened on George Street in Hove, not that we didn't have enough boring chain high street coffee shops already, but they sell individual chocolate Pannetones which are basically spiced chocolate orange dense cakes. As far as I know its the only place in Brighton to buy little versions of it!

White chocolate & Raspberry cake from Talk of Tea- best tea room in Brighton! Stocked up on loads of Earl Grey and Rose Cognac there recently...tea heaven...

Macaroons! I got my best friend into these when she was last in Brighton, she doesnt have much of a sweet tooth and hates Meringue (has a phobia of eggs-as you do!) But I persuaded her to try them and now shes addicted! And angry because she can't find any in Kernow! Gotta love the Macaroon!

And thanks Tina for my cupcake today from Cloud9, was AMAZING!!

Goobye, untill next time!

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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Need a Pooter...

I always think these lights are so pretty at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. It always makes me smile when I walk past...

Things that don't make me smile, horrible evil spiders. This one has been trapped under a wine glass for 24 hours as I'm scared to do anything else with it. On closer inspection it doesn't look that big here but its much bigger in real life. Honest. I can see its fangs!
I'm feeling pretty bad about the whole conundrum morally, as it may die before Steve can dispose of it tomorrow, but I also hate spiders so much. I'm sure they all wait untill I'm alone and come out.

Very excited as I went to the Silver shop today and stocked up on more wire and findings so going to be making some more pieces for the online shop and some last minute stock for my stockists. 

Maybe I should make a handmade Pooter...????

Goodbye, untill next time

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

New work...and busy weekend!

Had a brilliant day at the Artists & Makers fair in Lewes on saturday. I got to meet loads of new faces, see old friends from markets past and I also saw loads of fantastic new artists too. The event is an annual fundraiser for the local school so I hope they raised alot of money. Its always interesting to sell at a venue I'm not organizing, it's a different, all round more relaxing experience! I sold out of several collections I brought with me which was amazing and my Sterling Silver range went down really well too, overall a very successful day! I can't believe I didn't take ONE photo! I even had fairylights powered by battery, it was very christmas-sy! The shops been busy online too so been feverishly trying to make make make again this week.
Just about to list these and loads more in the shop...
Willow Stars - Sea Pottery Shards Necklace

Chunky Dark Aqua Swirl Sea Glass Necklace

Unusual ridged Rare Cobalt Blue Sea Glass with silver swirl...

Teeny tiny rare Cobalt blue sea glass necklace, the cobalt glass originally came from old medicine bottles.

The exhibition at Brighton sea front is running untill 23rd December which will be stocking all my new work if you are in the East Sussex region, and I will also be at the Makers Boutique at Brighton Unitarian Church on 22nd December if you need some last minute Christmas presents there will be over 30 local artists and designers showcasing their wares, and of course, tasty cake! 

Hope you had a fab weekend!
Goodbye, untill next time!